By Felicia Vasquez

Hiram Johnson High School Student, 17

The Health and Medical Sciences Academy at Hiram Johnson is one of the Sacramento City Unified School District’s most valuable educational programs. Students in the academy are exposed to various careers in both the health and the medical field. During their years in high school, participants are given the opportunity to do hands-on work such as running events, working with health and medical field professionals, and running labs in science classes only available to HMS students. In addition, when HMS students enter their senior year they are given the chance to apply for several internships which provide even more experience in the field that they have been studying throughout high school.

One internship HMS helps their students obtain is with a local non-profit called Harvest Sacramento. Interns for Harvest Sacramento work all year long with a group of underclassmen. Each individual group is responsible for planning and executing a project of their choice which improves their school community in some way. As interns, the seniors are responsible for running the activities that the group has to perform together to get to their goal. This internship allows them to branch out as leaders and improve both their public speaking and social skills.

Another internship offered to HMS students is at Briarwood Healthcare, a nursing facility for elderly disabled patients. While interning for Briarwood, students are able to see how a healthcare facility works and experience a hospital setting environment for themselves.